top 10 trees in Norway ( – or: the most stupid post ever!)

Ok, I admit it, this is a rather nerdy post, but all the talk about maples in my last post, made me wonder which are the most common Norwegian trees?


Here they are:

  1. BIRCH: 4 billions
  2. SPRUCE: 3,1billions
  3. PINE: 1,4 billions
  4. ALDER
  5. ROWAN
  6. ASPEN
  8. OAK
  9. HAZEL
  10. PRUNUS

“Goat Willow”

I must say I’m rather happy I didn’t have to do the counting. I would have guessed the three first types, but Willow at seven and Prunus at 10 were surprises.


19 Comments Add yours

  1. Harold Rhenisch says:

    Do you have information on what prunus they are? I did a little google search and got the May tree, some wild cherries, some wild plums, hawthorns and all kinds of cool and beautiful things. Do you have a lot of May trees?

    1. Sigrun says:

      Oh dear, I didn’t foresee this would lead to new questions … 🙂
      Regarding the Prunus: we call it Hegg, in latin it is Prunus padus, Wikipedia tells me it is called Bird Cherry or Hackberry in English.
      I must admit that I don’t know what May tree is, is it a kind of hawthorn?

  2. I must be a nerd because I love this!

    1. Sigrun says:

      I didn’t know my literary arty friends were into trees?!

      1. I love trees! Raised to respect and admire them.

  3. Nothing wrong with a bit of nerdiness now and then.

    1. Sigrun says:

      I wonder, maybe everything else I’m putting out is just as nerdy …

  4. Some literary arty people are ridiculously fond of trees and all things botanical and nerdy. 🙂

    Now I feel compelled to google the most common trees in my region of the USA.

    1. Sigrun says:

      YES – looking forward to the top ten list!

      1. That was interesting, and I got distracted by a bunch of .pdfs from the Department of Natural Resources!
        Norway spruce and Norway maple are two of the six major introduced species here, and they thrive. But the top ten species in my region are: red maple, black birch, black cherry, American beech, sugar maple, eastern hemlock, red oak, white ash, chestnut oak and white pine. The first six trees make up 90% of the biomass in the state of Pennsylvania, USA, as a whole.
        I didn’t know that. I’d have guessed yellow poplar among them, and not black birch, since where I live I see those much more. Also I see fewer chestnut oaks and more blackgum trees and swamp oaks.
        These hardwood trees do make for very colorful autumn foliage. Which is now blowing down, as the November winds have started.

      2. Sigrun says:

        Statistics – who could imagine how interesting it can be?

  5. dianajhale says:

    Lovely post, Sigrun, and interesting responses!

    1. Sigrun says:

      Thank you!
      Totally agree: great responses! Very strange that such a simple post made so many want to comment … 🙂

  6. Arti says:


    Nature lovers and info gatherers… if that’s the def. of nerds. Thanks for this! Now, I’ll have to check out the tree counts in Canada. 😉

  7. jane tims says:

    Hi. I love trees and I think this is a great post. If you lived where I do, you’d think alder was top of the list. Actually red maple, white birch and white/red spruce are dominant where I am. Jane

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